What happens when all the villains and their children are exiled together on the Isle of the Lost? What happens when an idealistic prince decides that the descendants should have a chance at “a normal life” and invites them into the kingdom? We’re about to find out on Friday, when Disney’s Descendants airs at 8:00PM ET/PT.
From the trailer, it looks like some light-hearted, goofy fun as the children of the heroes and villains sing, dance, and–of course–fall in love. There is villainy afoot as well. The teens’ parents, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, and Jafar want their revenge and have concocted a plan involving their children stealing the fairy godmother’s wand and giving them the power. The teens have to decide for themselves: Are they evil or good at heart?
There’s a dragon, some singing, acrobatics, more music, and did I mention a love story?
Three guesses which path Maleficent’s daughter is going to choose. The first two don’t count.
With a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales, Disney’s “Descendants” fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges adolescent offspring face in living up to parental and peer expectations. With unexpected characterization, plot twists and turns, and dashes of wry humor, the movie is designed to appeal to kids and grownups alike as its story playfully presents the possibilities of what happened after the “happily ever after.” Driven by exciting music and performance, the story is set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon where Ben, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years. These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Only time will tell if these evil teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents!